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Be Happy, Help Tibet

In February this year, one of our generous readers, David, asked if we knew any Tibetan charities that he could donate to. Since then we’ve been collecting the information for this post of groups that we know are doing phenomenal work for Tibetans, both inside Tibet and in exile.  If you’d like to bring a little comfort to your soul, consider donating as generously as you can to one of the wonderful groups below, or to any Tibetan organization that you support.

Tibetan Children

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, if you practice altruism, you have more health, more friends. Your feeling is much happier. You can be a happy person.” *



The first Tibetan school created by Machik, the Ruth Walter Chungba Primary School, “became a runaway success story in its first year of operation. It made news by placing first across 53 schools in the county and undermining stereotypes about the potential of rural Tibetan children.” (From the Machik website.) Check out the Machik website to learn more about their amazing work.

Learn more about Machik >>

Tibetan Healing Fund

Created by a remarkable Tibetan medical doctor and Buddhist monk, Dr. Kunchok Gyaltsen, the Tibetan Healing Fund improves primary healthcare and education for rural Tibetan women and children. The Tibetan Healing Fund’s priority is to assist the most disadvantaged Tibetan communities, which lack or have limited access to health care, education and technical skills and training.

 Learn more about the Tibetan Healing Fund >>

Braille Without Borders, Tibet

The award-winning documentary Blindsight follows 6 blind students and the blind founder of the Braille Without Borders school in Lhasa in an attempt to summit the 23,000 foot Lhakpa Ri peak. Check out the documentary to learn the remarkable, awesomely inspiring work of this school and these kids.

Learn more about Braille Without Borders, Tibet >>


Tibetan Nuns Project

This is a project close to our hearts, supporting over 700 nuns living in India. The nuns arrive as refugees from all over Tibet, and the nunneries created by the Tibetan Nuns Project provides them a safe space to thrive – to live, study, practice, and teach in accordance with their spiritual beliefs.

Learn more about the Tibetan Nuns Project >>

Institute of Buddhist Dialectics

The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) is another project especially dear to us, as Lobsang Wangdu graduated from here with a Master’s in Buddhism (Madyamika) in 1995. The Institute focuses on Buddhist dialectics, an ancient form of Tibetan Buddhist study, teaches a combination of traditional Tibetan disciplines such as Buddhist philosophy, classical literature and language, and modern Western subjects. (Image of monks by Greg Goodman.)

Learn more about the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics >>


Tibetan Community Center Project of the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC)

After many years of dreaming, in 2010 the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) purchased a Tibetan Community Center – Dhe Zhi Phuntsog Ling –  in Richmond, California, that is slowly being brought up to code to a level that will allow full-fledged use by the community. Great progress has been made, but we still require major funding before the building can be used for our children’s Tibetan language and music classes, prayer gatherings, and more.

Learn more about the TANC Tibetan Community Center Building Fund >>


  • For more (uncurated) organizations that support Tibet and Tibetans, you can check out www.heartintibet.org, which is devoted to promoting and supporting humanitarian aid organizations working in Tibetan communities.
  • The Tibet Fund:  Under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Tibet Fund has been the primary funding organization for health care, education, refugee rehabilitation, religious and cultural preservation,elder care and community and economic development programs serving more than 140,000 Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal and Bhutan. 

* His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on July 11, 2011, at the Kalachakra for World Peace in Washington, DC.


6 responses to “Be Happy, Help Tibet”


    We are a non profit in India and we operate a residential youth center for tibetan men who are struggling with the disease of drugs & addiction. Sadly, not many individual, families & organizations does not see this as a fast growing problem in tibetan communities and I request to please visit rehabilitation centers in norther India for the reality check.
    We look for your kind support & encouragement to address this issue in our community.
    You can write us to rewarehab@gmail.com

  2. Dorjekyi Avatar

    I am a Tibetan girl from Qinghai, currently studying in US. as a graduate student in University of Pittsburgh. Is there any chance that i can apply for a scholarship?

  3. Jonathan Miller Avatar
    Jonathan Miller

    I can help by teaching English. Ive taught for over 17 years. Ive been to Qinghai with my Rinpoche before. I am thinking of going back there so if you know if there is anyway to be teaching there would be great. For it to be official I guess it would have to be a registered school or something.

    1. Thank you Jonathan. We will keep our eyes and ears open for such opportunities. If anyone reading this knows of options, please let us know!

  4. linda confalone Avatar
    linda confalone

    many thanks for david’s work in providing websites that will receive donations…i have been looking for these for a long time!

    1. You are so welcome, Linda!

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